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Jorge Solis

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Jorge Solis
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Service:
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   9/16/1991 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Porter
Past post:   Texas District 350, District Judge
Past term:   1989 - 1991
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   San Ygnacio, TX
Undergraduate:   McMurry College, B.A., 1973
Law School:   University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 1976

Jorge Solis is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He joined the court in 1991 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush.[1]

Early life and education

Born in San Ygnacio, Texas, Solis graduated from McMurry College with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and later from the University of Texas School of Law with his Juris Doctor, J.D. degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Solis prosecuted criminal cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Texas for the U.S. Attorney's Office from 1976 to 1981. From 1981 to 1982, Solis was a private practice attorney in the State of Texas. In 1983, Solis returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Criminal prosecution division as a District Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1983 to 1988. Solis was a Special Prosecutor on the West Central Texas Narcotics Task Force from 1988 to 1989. Solis was appointed District Court Judge in the 350th District Court of Texas, where he served from 1989 to 1991.[1][2]

Judicial career

Northern District of Texas

On the recommendation of Texas U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, Solis was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas by President George H.W. Bush on June 19, 1991 to a seat vacated by Robert Porter. Solis was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 12, 1991 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 16, 1991.[3]

Notable cases

Irving voting rights case (2009-2012)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
Judge Solis presided over a case on how elections are conducted in the Dallas-Area suburb of Irving. Judge Solis ruled that the City of Irving cannot use a system that "diminishes the voting power of Hispanic residents."[4] Manuel Benavidez, a 2007 candidate for the School Board of Irving, filed the lawsuit. Benavidez claimed in his affidavit that Irving's at-large election system kept Hispanics from being elected.[4] Benavidez, who is of Hispanic descent, claimed that Hispanic candidates were out-voted by a majority of white non-Hispanic voters. Benavidez's claims supported his argument that other minority candidates were impacted under the system the City of Irving mandated.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Porter
Northern District of Texas
1991–Current
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
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